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About Emily Lemieux

I was the Digital Imaging Assistant here at the Williams College Museum of Art from January 2010 until November 2012. I first arrived to work on the ancient art digitization project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which I worked on from January 2010 until July 2011. In the summer of 2011, we were again awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize the fine art and archives relating to the brothers Maurice and Charles Prendergast, of which the Williams College Museum of Art has the world's largest repository. I enjoy getting to work with the actual art objects and also with technology. In my time here, I have especially enjoyed working with the ancient Egyptian collection.

Digitizing Textiles

Photographing textiles was an interesting part of our two year IMLS digitization grant we just finished up which focused on ancient and world cultures. Not all objects fit on a table top on a small easel. In fact, shooting ten foot tall Indian temple hangings and enormous African blankets was a bit challenging for the digitization team. The Indian temple hangings, for example, are usually rolled up and hung from the ceiling in art storage making them difficult to access,…

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Rehousing Chinese Scrolls

Some objects in the museum’s collection need very specialized types of care and handling. During our 2009-2011 IMLS Grant to digitize the ancient and world cultures collections, we photographed the Asian scrolls, and realized that many were fragile and being stored improperly. One important aspect of storing scrolls is that the weight should ideally be placed on the handles and not on the scroll itself. Too much weight being placed on the scroll can lead to folds and creases in…

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Decorating the Director’s Office

Yesterday I helped our new Interim Director Katy Kline explore ideas for decorating the Director’s Office. Her idea was to put together an eclectic mix of objects. In an art museum, objects are usually organized according to what makes sense in terms of geography or time period. So when she got the idea of mixing up vases of all different areas and time periods because they share the same shape and function things started to get interesting. To have an…

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